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September 2, 2008
By: Hilzoy

Osmosis

Every so often, I run across an argument so manifestly absurd that I think: wow, this isn't just spin and deception, this is performance art. Today I found just such an argument, made by Frank Gaffney:

"Speaking of geography, Alaskan territory is also along the trajectory of ballistic missiles launched eastward out of Stalinist North Korea. For that reason, among others, Alaska's Fort Greely was selected as the site for the principal U.S. ground-based defense against such missiles. As that state's governor, Sarah Palin would know more by osmosis -- if nothing else -- about the necessity for U.S. anti-missile systems than either Messrs. Obama or Biden."

Sarah Palin learned foreign policy by osmosis? Really? I always relied on catalysis, myself: I just drop some zeolytes into my brain, and lo! instant expertise. I had no idea it was possible to do it by osmosis, though on reflection that would explain the large number of grizzly bears who are up to speed on Sino-Soviet relations.

Osmosis is an even lamer argument than the claim that Palin learned foreign policy by commanding the Alaskan national guard. As it happens, that's also false (h/t):

"Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, considers Palin "extremely responsive and smart" and says she is in charge when it comes to in-state services, such as emergencies and natural disasters where the National Guard is the first responder.

But, in an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, he said he and Palin play no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard. The entire operation is under federal control, and the governor is not briefed on situations."

Still, even though she has visited two foreign countries, and refueled in a third, as she said, "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq." That makes it all the more fortunate that she can learn foreign policy by osmosis. All the McCain campaign really has to do is send her up in a zeppelin and let it meander lazily around the globe, allowing her to absorb the ambient expertise.

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Of course learning by osmosis works. Why do you think I always carried 30 pounds of books around with me when I was in college? Was I actually supposed to go to the library and open them?

Posted by: KLG on September 2, 2008 at 9:53 PM | PERMALINK


"All the McCain campaign really has to do is send her up in a zeppelin and let it meander lazily around the globe, allowing her to absorb the ambient expertise."


The Good Ear Blimp?

Posted by: Laura on September 2, 2008 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

Osmosis only works with a semipermeable membrane separating the media.

So she need to be wrapped in pond liner and stuck in a room with 1000 AM radios.

Posted by: Paul Camp on September 2, 2008 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

You Have to Remember that these people are out to do the greater good.

Candor has nothing to do with it.

Posted by: TCG on September 2, 2008 at 9:58 PM | PERMALINK

I know how it feels to be the Messiah, because of transubstantiation.

Posted by: jibeaux on September 2, 2008 at 10:07 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin would know more by osmosis -- if nothing else -- about the necessity for U.S. anti-missile systems than either Messrs. Obama or Biden."


Let's stop this now! If she knows more than Biden, she knows more than McCain. It's all crap so let's STOP IT NOW

Posted by: Deb-TUD on September 2, 2008 at 10:11 PM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: Chocolate Jesus on September 2, 2008 at 10:13 PM | PERMALINK

Mean, accurate. Loved it!

Posted by: LisainTexas on September 2, 2008 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK

Mean, accurate. Loved it!

Posted by: LisainTexas on September 2, 2008 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK

Mean, accurate. Loved it!

Posted by: LisainTexas on September 2, 2008 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK

Mean, accurate. Loved it!

Posted by: LisainTexas on September 2, 2008 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK

Well, all I can say is you guys sure do your politics in an interesting way. Nobody would have to balls to present such plainly stupid arguments in Canada. Jeez, I'm not sure really how to respond to this other than with a dropped jaw. I admire/pity you guys having to spend time rebutting such lunacies - anyway, I guess all this makes me as a resident of Japan a hyper-expert and when I say no to the U.S. fantasy of a ground-based defense against missiles, Frank Gaffney should just STFU - I've got my osmosis all over him!

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 2, 2008 at 10:15 PM | PERMALINK

I know I promised I was through posting here but I just can't resist telling you all how much I enjoy watching you win the election for McCain -Palin. The best part is that you think you are helping Obama.

Great work. Keep it up until November .

I can't get over Obama comparing his qualifications to hers. You simply could not write fiction this good.

Posted by: Mike K on September 2, 2008 at 10:18 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder why nobody is mentioning the fact that her college years were spent in *Moscow*. That's not just "across the channel" kind of osmosis (Alaska/Russia); it's "total immersion" kind. Same as anyone who went to school in Atlanta can, with ease, sort out all those "Shevardnadzes" from the "Shakashivilis".

Posted by: exlibra on September 2, 2008 at 10:20 PM | PERMALINK

Wow. Arguments aside over qualifications, I'm not sure what this photo says about her judgment.

http://www.kunstler.com/

(scroll down)

Posted by: Tailhook on September 2, 2008 at 10:23 PM | PERMALINK

Strangely, the Rep platform seems to have shifted to "Reform". Apparently, as told by first lady Bush and other speakers at the convention, Sarah Palin is a "PROVEN REFORMER", as well as an osmosis jones in foreign policy. WOW!

Posted by: Norm Alnot on September 2, 2008 at 10:27 PM | PERMALINK

This is absurd. Osmosis only affects water. Anything else is diffusion.

Posted by: Rick on September 2, 2008 at 10:30 PM | PERMALINK

I had an eighth grade teacher who often spoke of having us learn by osmosis. Of course, that actually referred to him making us write the same sentence a hundred or so times, which, upon reflection, probably isn't a perfect example of osmosis. But I learned pretty quickly to not do whatever it was I did wrong, so I guess it worked. Perhaps the Ruskies had Palin do the same thing.

I will not launch a pre-emptive strike.
I will not launch a pre-emptive strike.
I will not launch a pre-emptive strike.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on September 2, 2008 at 10:30 PM | PERMALINK

Zeolites. Not zeolytes.

Otherwise, carry on.

Posted by: Sock Puppet of the Great Satan on September 2, 2008 at 10:36 PM | PERMALINK

"Strangely, the Rep platform seems to have shifted to 'Reform'. "

I guess that makes sense. Wait a second ... whose policies and practices are we supposed to be reforming? Oh, yeah, THE REPUBLICANS'. Nice try, though, guys.

"We're sick and tired of this terrible mess we made in Washington, and we need you to elect us so we can go back there and really stick it to ... umm ... us ..."

Posted by: yowza on September 2, 2008 at 10:40 PM | PERMALINK

So has she forgotten any visits she's paid to Canada, or has the governor of Alaska never visited the country with which her state shares a border and an oil pipeline?

Posted by: Mnemosyne on September 2, 2008 at 10:45 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin learned foreign policy by osmosis?

Wow. I think that by high school, most people figure out that sleeping with a textbook under their pillow will not help them on the test tomorrow.

Posted by: RSA on September 2, 2008 at 10:45 PM | PERMALINK

If I own a Great Dane, does that make me an expert in foreign affairs?

I've been to England so does that mean I am a cricket expert?

I once drove through Las Vegas, does that mean I own a casino?

Actually, to be more specific to the argument being made here, airplanes fly over my head, and there is an airport in my city, so I guess I'm a pilot.

Posted by: JohnN on September 2, 2008 at 10:47 PM | PERMALINK

Hint to Republicans: if your celebrity candidate is going to appear on the cover of US Magazine, you want the headline to be something like "Michelle Obama: Why Barack Loves Her" and not, say, "Sarah Palin: Babies, Lies & Scandals".

I know the old adage is that any publicity is good publicity, but you've really got to watch it.

And, yes, Sarah Palin is now a celebrity. Once you make it to TMZ.com, you're in Brit-Brit territory right along with Obama. Well, at least they'll have to shut up about the "celebrity" meme.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on September 2, 2008 at 10:49 PM | PERMALINK

Looks like her small town learned Palinism by osmosis:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/us/politics/03wasilla.html?hp

Posted by: alibubba on September 2, 2008 at 10:49 PM | PERMALINK

Wow. Arguments aside over qualifications, I'm not sure what this photo says about her judgment.

http://www.kunstler.com/

It says you are either a gullible moron or an adolescent boy.

This photo, along with other obvious fakes, are discounted by Snopes.

Palin is a disastrous choice, but if she keeps getting trashed by sexists, she'll probably get a sympathy bump. I can't stand McCain and think Palin is a nutcase, but she's already got my sympathy.

This shit is no better than the Hillary Clinton nutcrackers. What women have to endure from us bepenised humans.

Posted by: lobbyogw on September 2, 2008 at 11:01 PM | PERMALINK

exlibra:

It took a minute for the point of your comment to register. I was worried that she had actually done some study abroad program in Russia, which would bolster her expertise more than anything these GOP clowns are throwing out.

Then I remembered where she'd gone to college, in Moscow.

(I seem to remember an eponymous town in SW Tennessee doing its own Olympics in 1980, when I was a little kid....)

Posted by: Equal Opportunity Cynic on September 2, 2008 at 11:09 PM | PERMALINK

If Palin would only get out more she could get her foreign policy experience through photosynthesis like the rest of us.

Posted by: Frak on September 2, 2008 at 11:12 PM | PERMALINK

"We're sick and tired of this terrible mess we made in Washington, and we need you to elect us so we can go back there and really stick it to ... umm ... us ..."

That's particularly hilarious because it's, um, about what they're saying. "Vote for us because we're mavericky and outsiders and not at all like part of the government we've mostly controlled for the past 8 years."

Posted by: EOC on September 2, 2008 at 11:12 PM | PERMALINK

Not only has Palin got the osmosis thing going on, her expertise in foreign relations comes from her years of study in Moscow. Yeah, baby, Moscow, Idaho. That makes her as much an expert on the Soviet Union as Condi. And her general sense of enlightenment comes from ... the northern lights. Didn't see that one coming, did ya! Is she smart? Dude, she wears glasses doesn't she?

That's my contribution to writing like right wing pundit.

Posted by: petorado on September 2, 2008 at 11:18 PM | PERMALINK

The left is making an error by lowering expectations for Sarah Palin. Her fisherman husband might have had too many Molsons back in his twenties. But, correct me if I’m wrong, wasn’t Barack Obama into college/street cocaine back then?

Sarah Palin will have a chance to talk to us soon.

Posted by: Brick Oven Bill on September 2, 2008 at 11:18 PM | PERMALINK

One reason for the choice of Palin is hidden inside the fact that she's apparently working quite well to rally the theocratic base: that base largely constituted Bush/Rove's ground game in 2004. Without it, Rove/McCain know that they haven't got one. They just haven't had the resources to develop one. Unlike Obama, who has relied on his all along, and who has had to develop seed organizations all over the country thanks to the extended Democratic primary. They're trying to nullify this advantage. The theocrats don't like McCain, but they DO like Palin, secessionist tendencies and all, and that's probably the main reason they're going to hold onto her like grim death. And note well: the media shitstorm she's been enduring is only the evidence that she is Blessed and Anointed by God to these people. Once the instructions have been sent out, they'll vote in lockstep like the Borg they are.

Posted by: DrBB on September 2, 2008 at 11:19 PM | PERMALINK

Ya gotta love snark that includes zeppelins.

Posted by: dooflow on September 2, 2008 at 11:22 PM | PERMALINK

From a conservative living in Wasilla, Alaska.

"Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative". During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she brags about benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

"The huge increases in tax revenues during her administration weren't enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with ZERO debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit- generator she claimed it would be. $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing. Meanwhile, the City still lacks a sewage treatment plant and other basic infrastructure.

"While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office re-decorated more than once.

"These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a small city (population at that time of about 4,500). Public indebtedness under her mayoral administration increased over $4000 per capita."

"McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President. It scares the heck out of me to think that someone as inexperienced as Sarah Palin could become President. There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she..."


Posted by: Googled on September 2, 2008 at 11:25 PM | PERMALINK

Hilzoy, here's a belated shout out to having you here, getting the reader base you deserve. Great goddamn post; keep it up. More more more of the velvet covered hammer, please. Maybe Campbell Brown will steal your stuff as she belittles (!) the nutless McCan't and his trusty sidekick, Sarah the Girl Wonder (as in, I wonder who's going to give her a nice, cushy 'consultant' job after she goes down in flames) for stamping their feet and pouting 'cuz Brown made their yapping chihuahua cry. Biggest bunch of emotionally retarded babies I've ever seen, and given the last eight years of BushCo that's saying alot.

Posted by: Conrad's Ghost on September 2, 2008 at 11:28 PM | PERMALINK

RE: Frank Gaffney quote

You are making this up... right?
Wait, I just clicked the link and saw this:

Napoleon is said to have declared that "Geography is destiny." That certainly is true of Gov. Palin. Her state is adjacent to Russia, a nation that has in recent years demonstrated a rising aggressiveness towards its neighbors.

Best. Blowhard. Ever.


Posted by: koreyel on September 2, 2008 at 11:31 PM | PERMALINK

"...Alaskan territory is also along the trajectory of ballistic missiles launched eastward out of Stalinist North Korea."

So Alaska would be the main target of some North Korean ICBM (if the NKs ever built one that worked) attack?

Why?

The destroy our nation's supply of Alaskan king crabs?

And I'm always amazed at how America was able to keep the Soviet Union's vast nuclear arsenal at bay with its own nuclear arsenal, but somehow that same US arsenal wouldn't deter the North Koreans.

I would think someone like Kim Jong Il, who is obsessed with keeping himself in power and alive, wouldn't try to do anything that could turn his country into a parking lot.

Posted by: 2Manchu on September 2, 2008 at 11:36 PM | PERMALINK

"All the McCain campaign really has to do is send her up in a zeppelin and let it meander lazily around the globe, allowing her to absorb the ambient expertise."
___________________

Governor Palin need not learn by osmosis. She'll learn the same way Senator Obama has and will continue to learn - from various background and position papers prepared by their staffs. All Congresspersons and Senators learn this way because very few of them brought much military expertise with them when they were elected. Even veteran elected officials have to constantly ask for briefings and papers to brush up.

Gafney was undoubtedly referring to the information papers that would be routinely provided to any governor concerning military projects in their state. Whether most governors read them or just absorb them from under their pillows is unknown.

Posted by: trashhauler on September 2, 2008 at 11:39 PM | PERMALINK

What's the most ridiculous aspect of this all? I think it's that these people know--or so I hope--that this argument is bullshit, but continue to spread it anyway.

Posted by: Brian J on September 2, 2008 at 11:41 PM | PERMALINK

Pouring in fast and the quotes from her and those in her orbit are just too fun. So we decided to turn them into a little game that helps us bone up on our Palin trivial while also asserting our urban, North Eastern liberal elitisim. Read the quotes below and guess which were pulled from press coverage of Sarah Palin's life and which were lifted from dialogue from the John Boorman movie "Deliverance."

Guess the quote: Palin coverage or the movie
1) "I'm a fu*kin redneck."
Palin coverage
The movie "Deliverance"

2) "Right there's the town hall. Right over there's the old fire station. Played a lot of checkers over there, sure did."
Palin coverage
The movie "Deliverance"

3) "I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."
Palin coverage
The movie "Deliverance"

4) "We get connected up with that body, and the law, this thing's gonna be hangin' over us the rest of our lives. We've gotta get rid of that guy."
Palin coverage
The movie "Deliverance"

5) "Shoot some shit and just fuckin' chillin' I guess. Ya fuck with me I'll kick your ass"
Palin coverage
The movie "Deliverance"

6) "I bet you can squeal like a pig. Weeeeeeee! "
Palin coverage
The movie "Deliverance"

7) "You can't have a fish picker from Texas."
Palin coverage
The movie "Deliverance"

8) "It took a while to open up the book that the doctor gave me about children with Down syndrome, and a while to log on to the Web site and start reading facts about the situation."
Palin coverage
The movie "Deliverance"

9) "Talk about genetic deficiencies-isn't that pitiful?"
Palin coverage
The movie "Deliverance"

10) "What is it exactly that the VP does every day?"
Palin coverage
The movie "Deliverance"

11) "He's got a real pretty mouth on him, don't he?"
Palin coverage
The movie "Deliverance"


Posted by: fan of bob powers on September 2, 2008 at 11:49 PM | PERMALINK

I get my expertise by mitosis, so I can ask the other guy.

Posted by: allbetsareoff on September 3, 2008 at 12:35 AM | PERMALINK

If you take it literally osmosis is about the best possible description of how Palin could learn foreign policy.

Osmosis is just a fancy term that means that the diffusion substance is water.

Diffusion works if there is a volume (or person in Palin's case) with a low concentration of the diffusing substance (foreign policy knowledge).

It works very well if the volume is totally devoid of the substance to begin with.

No doubt Palin can learn lots of stuff by osmosis.

Posted by: tomj on September 3, 2008 at 12:38 AM | PERMALINK

The second is one of the best sentences I have ever read on a blog:

"That makes it all the more fortunate that she can learn foreign policy by osmosis. All the McCain campaign really has to do is send her up in a zeppelin and let it meander lazily around the globe, allowing her to absorb the ambient expertise."

Posted by: on September 3, 2008 at 12:45 AM | PERMALINK

The second is one of the best sentences I have ever read on a blog:

"That makes it all the more fortunate that she can learn foreign policy by osmosis. All the McCain campaign really has to do is send her up in a zeppelin and let it meander lazily around the globe, allowing her to absorb the ambient expertise."

Posted by: lampwick on September 3, 2008 at 12:46 AM | PERMALINK

this is performance art.

That's a good line.

What do you call it when Sen. Biden is speaking? Is it even English? Well, ..., he did say that Palin is good-looking.

When Obama said "We are the people we have been waiting for", how many knew he was waiting for Sen. Biden?

There is a lot to be amused about in American politics. I voted for Clinton in 1992, but I did not for a minute believe his denial of his affair with Gennifer Flowers.

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on September 3, 2008 at 12:47 AM | PERMALINK

As Rick correctly pointed out, far upthread, osmosis is the transfer of a solvent - usually water- from a high concentration through a semipermeable membrane to a lower concentration. Stretching the theory to its limit, Sarah Palin could learn foreign policy this way IF it were a liquid and IF she allowed herself to become severely dehydrated, then lay in the ditch all night. I'm not sure where the membrane would come in, but the pond liner mentioned by ace funnyman Paul Camp would definitely not work; it is designed to prevent the transfer of water. Oh, and foreign policy.

Seriously, the lengths to which the Rightwads are going to pass her off as an all-around bright spark and live wire are just sad, it's like watching a stranger's funeral. Frank Gaffney certainly knows better, but he's hoping you're a complete dumbass.

orange

Posted by: Mark on September 3, 2008 at 12:49 AM | PERMALINK

That would depend, I suppose, on whether Palin was the hyper- or hypotonic in the transport gradient.

Posted by: Varecia on September 3, 2008 at 1:00 AM | PERMALINK

The expectations game. It's actually the Reeps who set the bar extremely low (gosh, I wonder why) for Sarah Palin. For them, all she has to do is be animated on the podium - lookie, she's a complete success and a perfect pick!

I'm sure Ms. Barracuda has sharp instincts, if not a sharp mind. She wouldn't be governor of Alaska without it, considering all the people she had to step on to get there. But that still doesn't help McCain any - he made a ridiculous and obviously desperate VP selection here, and no amount of rah-rahing at the RNC is going to change that.

Posted by: Bob Loblaw on September 3, 2008 at 1:10 AM | PERMALINK

Osmosis? I thought they didn't believe in science?

The bible calls it miracle conveying.

There they go again.

Posted by: Jay Severin Has A Small Pen1s on September 3, 2008 at 1:20 AM | PERMALINK

Better yet she is getting the bushcon team of brain adjusters to lube/service her intact brain cells and activate some lazy cells while numbing any creative cells into groups of colorful distractions.
Shortly you will see the specimen talk somewhat knowingly of mundane matters while maintaining the ability to firewall anything of value.
Topics will be limited but wonder-words of pleasing fluff will flow.

Note: Comes with feeding and care instructions.

Posted by: johnsnottoodistracted on September 3, 2008 at 1:30 AM | PERMALINK

Strange that vetting was done but the website www.sarahpalin.com is not yet online and the page displayed says "forbidden, you don't have permission to access server". Are they waiting to see if she is actually the nominee before allowing it to go live or are McCain's people just incompetent?

Posted by: Leslie on September 3, 2008 at 1:34 AM | PERMALINK

http://mudflats.wordpress.com/

If you want to wallow in all things Palin, check out the link above. Great Alaska blog

Posted by: gizmo on September 3, 2008 at 1:43 AM | PERMALINK

Never underestimate the role of the Zepplin in an effective foreign policy.

Posted by: e henry thripshaw on September 3, 2008 at 1:55 AM | PERMALINK

At first I was worried that America had gotten trapped in an episode of Desperate Housewives, where Sarah decides to leave her career as a personal stylist and enter politics, and she is chosen to run as VP.

But now, after hearing how one merits experience and awareness and intellect, it looks more like Real Housewives of Orange County. Kevin would be proud.

Posted by: SoCalAnon on September 3, 2008 at 2:17 AM | PERMALINK

When I was in college (conservative town), I was told that the best way to learn something was to pray about it. Not actually read a textbook (or the Bible, for that matter), but just pray for the knowledge that I needed. Of course, most of those students flunked out within the first year.

But since Sarah Palin is such an efficient multi-tasker, maybe she just listens to audio versions of strategic books like The Art of War while she sleeps. Personally, I like to close my eyes, touch my computer keyboard, and absorb infinite programming codes, plus all the information that the codes represent. Until recently, Scrabulous was preparing me for a second career in linguistics.

O.K. Enough mockery for tonight.

Posted by: Cindy McCant on September 3, 2008 at 3:12 AM | PERMALINK

when I need to get some learnin' I eat a bunch of lettuce and brocolli and learn through photosynthesis

Posted by: bdbd on September 3, 2008 at 4:56 AM | PERMALINK

"Unseen University worked by placing a large number of students in the vicinity of a large number of books in the hope that something would flow from one to the other, while the students themselves placed themselves in the vicinity of a large number of bars for roughly the same reason" - Terry Pratchett

Posted by: ajay on September 3, 2008 at 5:14 AM | PERMALINK

So just what did Sarah Palin learn by "osmosis?" Who was on the other side pushing her the information she "osmosified," Putin? Gaffney?

What do you think Ms. Palin would tell us she learned by "osmosis" all those years living up next to the Soviet Union while she entered beauty pageants? If I visited Alaska could I learn foreign policy by osmosis, too?

Maybe if this campaign doesn't work out for her Ms. Palin could start the Anchorage School of Foreign Policy By Osmosis. You wouldn't need any instructors so the tuition would be cheap.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on September 3, 2008 at 5:19 AM | PERMALINK

My mind is hurting.

The specific role of osmosis as an agent of instruction at the "feet of the master" is one I really don't want to contemplate.

Posted by: SteinL on September 3, 2008 at 6:06 AM | PERMALINK

Osmosis is the diffusion of a solvent (in this case, kool aid) through a semi-permeable membrane (a tinfoil hat with some holes punched in it), from a solution of low solute concentration (high water/low kool aid mix potential) to a solution with high solute concentration (low water/high kool aid mix potential).

In the case of the unvetted hench-wench, the McCain campaign has taken a two-quart pitcher of water and poured so much kool aid mix into it that there is no longer any room whatsoever for the water---and they believe that people will drink the stuff.

Posted by: Steve on September 3, 2008 at 6:26 AM | PERMALINK

RSA: Everybody knows you don't learn by putting books under your pillow; you learn by listening to tapes while you sleep!

The other ginormous gap in Gaffney's logic is that somehow, after she learned by osmosis that North Korea had missiles trained on us, she of course realized that a useless missile defense system, that failed even a rigged trial run, was the answer!

P.S. Can North Korea hit the US in 45 minutes? And will the first smoking gun be a mushroom cloud?

Posted by: sullijan on September 3, 2008 at 7:14 AM | PERMALINK

There'll be some serious osmosis going on tonight at the convention:

Oh
Shit
My
Only
Sidekick
Is
Sarah

Posted by: sullijan on September 3, 2008 at 7:24 AM | PERMALINK
Never underestimate the role of the Zepplin in an effective foreign policy.

Indeed!
- Good Times, Bad Times
- Communication Breakdown
- No Quarter
- The Battle of Evermore
- Nobody's Fault but Mine
- South Bound Suarez
- Kashmir
- Fool in the Rain
It's quite a list!

Posted by: kenga on September 3, 2008 at 9:32 AM | PERMALINK

If you transpose the words in osmosis, you get,
"I'm so SOS."

BTW, judging by what he was reading, the guy next to me on the subway this morning seemed to be some sort of account. I was next to him for a good hour. So I'll be doing my own taxes this year.

Posted by: eparker on September 3, 2008 at 9:37 AM | PERMALINK

Oops! I meant "accountant"!

Kenga: What about Stairway to Heaven for our rapturous Mrs. Palin?

Posted by: eparker on September 3, 2008 at 9:41 AM | PERMALINK

Hear that rumble between your ears? That was Frank Gaffney breaking the stupid barrier.

Supersonic Stupid!!

Posted by: mroberts on September 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM | PERMALINK

I always relied on catalysis, myself: I just drop some zeolytes into my brain, and lo! instant expertise.

I favor the Borg approach - assimilation.

Resistance is futile!

Posted by: GuyFromOhio on September 3, 2008 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

In that case, my proximity to Boston makes me either a doctor, college professor or a Kennedy - by osmosis.

No, wait a minute, I'm actually closer to Foxborough than I am to Boston...that must make me Tom Brady!!!!

Posted by: Chesire11 on September 3, 2008 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gc?PATH=icn-hou%0D%0A&RANGE=&PATH-COLOR=red&PATH-UNITS=mi&PATH-MINIMUM=&SPEED-GROUND=&SPEED-UNITS=kts&RANGE-STYLE=best&RANGE-COLOR=navy&MAP-STYLE=

Fun.

Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on September 3, 2008 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

Great POST!


Osmosis! She's a freakin' ficus plant.

Posted by: dude on September 3, 2008 at 1:30 PM | PERMALINK

You guys are a bunch of whiney, pansies...just like the rest of the democratic party. You make up qualifications, then cry when people question the crap! So...you'll have at least four more years to gripe about your republican president...while your democratic senate does nothing.

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